Update: 12/11/21: Those of you who booked Singapore Airlines Suites from the U.S. to Frankfurt or onward to Singapore will be thrilled to know that Singapore not only plans to operate the Airbus A380 on this route but that starting March 27, 2022 they’ll be operating the A380 with the new cabins which means new Suites.
Unfortunately availability doesn’t look nearly as good as it did 5 days ago. Nonetheless many of you will be excited for the first-time introduction of new cabin to the U.S. This is absolutely one of the best products in the sky. Debates between this and the new Emirates first class and ANA first class are fun (please don’t bring something like Air France first into this debate, their ground experience in Paris notwithstanding).
At the end of October I wrote about incredible first class award space for Singapore Airlines Suites, even on the New York JFK – Frankfurt route which is exceptionally rare. That space was available towards the end of the airline schedule that was published at the time and I showed two award seats available on most days in both directions.
Tim P. points out that now Singapore has opened the floodgates on this route from the end of March through August now. And there’s even a couple of days with 3 seats available at the saver level, which I don’t recall ever seeing.
Original October 28 discussion of these seats follows.
Singapore Airlines makes long haul business and first class award space available to its own members, and generally not to airline partners like United and Air Canada. The great news is that Singapore’s KrisFlyer miles are easy to come by since Singapore is a partner of all of the major bank transferable currencies (Amex, Chase, Citi, Capital One).
Even so, finding two first class awards on Airbus A380 aircraft can be tough. Right now, looking out at the end of the schedule, there are several routes where Airbus A380 first class awards are available for two passengers. And that’s even true on one of the historically-toughest routes, New York JFK – Frankfurt – Singapore.
Here’s space for 2 passengers New York JFK – Frankfurt in first class, September 2022, using Singapore miles:
And here’s space for two passengers Frankfurt – Singapore in first class, September 2022, using Singapore miles.
Availability on these routes extends nicely into October, as well (mid-October is as far out as you can book at this point). Singapore charges 86,000 miles each way for New York – Frankfurt alone, with no fuel surcharges. They charge 125,000 miles each way for just Frankfurt – Singapore, again with no fuel surcharges. The good news is that if you’re booking New York JFK – Frankfurt – Singapore that’s 132,000 miles each way (rather than being additive).
It’s phenomenal that Singapore is bringing back its Airbus A380s and even continuing the conversion of these interiors to the new first class with separate seat and bed, and the ability to take down the wall between seats for a true double bed experience. I find this to be one of the three best first class products in the world (Emirates new first, ANA first… sorry, I rank Air France fourth).
However not all of the A380s are converted and while it’s difficult to predict which planes will be on which routes a year from now judging from current scheduling the New York JFK – Frankfurt – Singapore route may be more likely than not to have the old first class suites, which are still excellent.
For a short, less expensive route where you’re very likely to see the new first class check out availability Hong Kong – Singapore in September 2022. Singapore charges 40,500 miles each way for this flight.
There’s also good availability between Singapore – Seoul, Auckland, and Delhi.
And by the way transferring 250,000 miles or more into Singapore Airlines earns Star Alliance Gold status right now so you can get not just first class Airbus A380 award seats, but also elite status which will provide for United Airlines club lounge access even when flying domestically in the U.S.
We do not know what travel restrictions may look like a year from now of course, so book at your own risk (transferred points can’t put moved back and Singapore miles do expire) and transfers from most programs generally take 12-48 hours for points to appear.
(HT: JT Genter)